WASHINGTON, D.C., September 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – After the Democratic National Convention packed up its small tent and headed out of Charlotte, liberal political analysts pronounced it an “over the top” exercise in pandering to abortion extremists.
“I think this Democratic convention was really over the top in terms of abortion,” said Cokie Roberts on Sunday’s This Week program on ABC. “Every single speaker talked about abortion, and you know, at some point you start to alienate people. Thirty percent of Democrats are pro-life.”
Roberts, a professing Roman Catholic who is regularly heard on taxpayer-funded National Public Radio, has said she found the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold partial birth abortion bans “offensive” and stated Pope Benedict XVI is “really lacking in the theological virtue of charity.”
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A fellow panelist – up-and-coming Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker – objected that he had spoken to the convention and ”didn’t mention abortion at all.”
While his speech at the Democratic National Convention focused on economic issues – and referenced gay “marriage” – Mayor Booker gave a nine-minute speech to Planned Parenthood’s “2012: Yes We Plan” rally outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame. At the event, which featured women dressed as large vaginas and condoms imprinted with the message “Protect yourself from Romney & Ryan,” Booker boasted, “I was a co-chair of our DNC’s platform when we affirmed a woman’s right to choose.” He added now is not the time, “by God, for a reduction in women’s rights.”
“I don’t understand how someone can say they love women when they are denying women access to health care,” he said.
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Roberts also rapped the Democratic platform for removing language stating abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare,” a criticism shared by Margaret Carlson, a longtime liberal panelist on CNN’s political talk shows.
“Can’t Democrats just throw a crumb to the many millions who are pro-choice but not pro-abortion?” she asked in an online column.
Last week New York Times editorial page editor Juliet Lapidos and fellow Times columnist David Brooks said the convention focused too much on the most extreme wing of the abortion movement and addressed the issue incessantly.
In addition to elected officials from President Obama down, pro-abortion bromides came from such speakers as NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, and actress Eva Longoria.
Melinda Henneberger of The Washington Post told The Daily Caller, “I have NEVER heard this much about abortion as in that hall last night, even if you throw in every homily of my life. Every other event is sponsored by [Planned Parenthood] or EMILY’s List.”